Steven M. Specht , Ph.D.
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Course Descriptions

PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology
(3) F,S,U
Survey of the various fields of psychology
including human development, learning
and memory, sensation and perception,
psychopathology and psychotherapy,
physiology and behavior, social psychology,
psychological testing, motivation
and emotion, and others.

PSY 207 – Human Sexuality
(3) F
Exploration of the nature and historical
perceptions of human sexuality, its biological
foundations, social and behavioral
implications, cross-cultural comparisons,
encouraging personal reflection
and self-discovery while improving
interpersonal communication and
understanding. Open to all majors but
may not count as a major elective for
biology majors as Biology 112. Same as
Biology 112.

PSY 211 – Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
(3) F,S,U
Application of statistical methods in psychological
research. Descriptive statistics,
tests of significance, correlation,
simple analysis of variance, chi-square,
and some nonparametric methods. Same
as Sociology 211. Students may not also
take for credit Economics 241,
Mathematics 112. Prerequisite: core
component I Mathematics.

PSY 213 – Reading & Writing in Psychology
(1) F,S
Organization of scientific reports in the
behavioral sciences. Psychological reference
works and databases. APA citation
format and proofreading. Clarity in writing
style and arguments. Prerequisite:
PSY 101. Corequisite: PSY 211. Open
only to psychology majors or with permission
of instructor.

PSY 223 – Life Span Developmental Psychology
(3) F,S
Study of normal sequences of biological
and socio-cultural development and
their relationship to behavior from
infancy through old age. Emphasis
placed on recognition of development
and life tasks in the developmental continuum.
Students may not also take for
credit Health Studies 245. Prerequisite:
Psychology 101.

PSY 237 – Group Dynamics – Introduction to Group
Development and Group Process

(3) F,S,U
Study of the development of, and interaction
within, groups with special emphasis on small,
task-oriented groups.

PSY 256 – Principles of Behavior Change
(3) F,S
Study of laboratory-derived techniques
used in the modification of human
behavior. Emphasis placed on the application
of behavioral techniques to maladaptive
behavior, with extensions to
one’s own behavior and society as a
whole. Theory and application discussed.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.

PSY 270 – Introduction to Community Field Work
(1) F,S
Volunteer assistance in community service
agency to experience working with
children and/or adolescents.
Prerequisite: transfer status with course
work in infancy and childhood, adolescence,
the exceptional individual, and/or
therapeutic use of play, without fieldwork.
Permission of instructor required.

PSY 271 – Introduction to the Child Life Specialty
(3) S
Introduction to the role of child life specialists
in health care settings; basic
knowledge required to function as a
child life specialist; application of general
psychological and human development
principles to the care of hospitalized
children and adolescents. May not
be used as a major elective for the general
psychology degree. Prerequisites:
Psychology 101, 321, and permission of

PSY 272 – Community Field Work
(2) F
Minimum of 100 hours of volunteer
service in community agency working
with children and/or adolescents and
their families. Hospital placement
required for child life specialty. Written
work and evaluations. Open only to psychology-
child life majors with permission
of the instructor. Prerequisite:
applied child development majors -
Psychology 321, child life specialists -
Psychology 271.

PSY 276 – Addictions Counseling
(3) Y
Techniques of addictions counseling. Indepth
study of addictions disease
process, relapse prevention and support
services, individual counseling techniques,
treatment assessments and plans,
and self-help groups. Prerequisite:
Psychology 101.

PSY 300 – Topics in Psychology
(1–3) IR
Advanced consideration of selected topics
in psychology. Involves lecture and
discussion of areas with contemporary
interest. Prerequisites: Psychology 101
and permission of instructor. Up to six
credits, provided the topic is not the
PSY 311 – Psychological Assessment and Testing
(3) S
General principles, applications, and
issues of psychological testing and
assessment. It is recommended that psychology
majors take Psychology 311L
concurrently in order to obtain a practical
knowledge of testing theory and procedures.
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 and 211.

PSY 311L – Laboratory in Psychological Assessment
and Testing
(1) S
Practical laboratory experience in the
administration, interpretation, and construction
of psychological tests. Prerequisite
or corequisite: Psychology 311.

PSY 312 – Research Methods in Psychology
(4) F,S
Principles of experimental design and
methods. Laboratory in data analysis.
Three lecture hours and one three-hour
lab period weekly. Students design an
original experiment proposal to be conducted
in Psychology 412. Prerequisites:
Psychology 101 and 211.

PSY 321 – Infancy and Childhood
(3) F,S
Principles of growth and development
from conception to twelve years.
Requires 20 hours of volunteer work
with normal children. Prerequisite:
Psychology 101.

PSY 322 – Adolescence
(3) F,S
Growth and development from puberty
to young adulthood. Requires 20 volunteer
hours with normal adolescents.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101 or permission
of instructor.

PSY 323 – Early Intervention
(3) S
Theoretical, applied, and empirical
issues focusing on the delivery of early
intervention initiatives. Contexts and
settings in which early intervention takes
place and empirical literature on the
effectiveness of early intervention.
Prerequisites: Psychology 223 or
Psychology 321 or permission of

PSY 327 – Adulthood and Aging
(3) F
Growth and development from young
adulthood through old age.
Developmental tasks as well as changes
in cognition, perception, learning, and
performance. Prerequisite: Psychology

PSY 331 – Social Psychology
(3) O
Theories and related research in areas of
social learning, attitude change, interpersonal
and self perception, aggression,
prejudice, and group behavior.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.

PSY 331L – Laboratory in Social Psychology
(1) O
Research methods in social psychology
emphasizing field and laboratory studies,
laboratory experience included to practice
field and experimental setup, data
collection, and analysis. Prerequisite or
corequisite: Psychology 331.

PSY 337 – Industrial and Organizational Psychology
(3) O
Behavior in industrial work environments:
attitudes toward work, organizational
climate, performance and interest
appraisal, engineering psychology, worker
efficiency, accident behavior, leadership
styles, and effectiveness.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.

PSY 343 – Sensation and Perception
(4) O
Study of the senses, including
background in sensory physiology,
development of perceptual abilities, and
appropriate research methodology.
Laboratory emphasis on elementary
research on sense-organ functioning and
perceptual phenomena. Prerequisite:
Psychology 101 or permission of

PSY 347 – Basic Psychobiology
(3) O
First course in physiological psychology.
Focus on anatomy, biochemistry, and
physiology of biological systems in terms
of relevance to study of behavior.
Prerequisites: Psychology 101 and
Biology 101 or 211.

PSY 351 – Learning and Behavior
(4) Y
Classical and operant conditioning.
Schedules of reinforcement, aversive
control; biological constraints on learning.
Research data discussed in relation
to theory. Laboratory emphasis on basic
learning processes in animal subjects.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.

PSY 352 – Motivation and Emotion
(3) O
Biological drives such as hunger, thirst,
sleep, and sex; psychological drives such
as curiosity and arousal; and learned
social drives such as academic achievement,
affiliation, altruism, and aggression;
experimental study of emotion.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.

PSY 354 – Cognitive Psychology
(4) Y
Basic principles underlying discovery
and retention of new modes of human
behavior. Topics include attention,
information processing, language learning,
concept formation, sources of forgetting,
and dynamics of memory.
Laboratory supplements lecture with
emphasis on information processing in
human subjects. Prerequisite:
Psychology 101.

PSY 361 – Abnormal Psychology
(3) F,S,U
Approaches to classification which are
consistent with current diagnostic criterion
will be covered. Correlated work
will include major theoretical approaches
to causation and treatment of maladaptive
behavior. Prerequisite: Psychology 101.

PSY 363 – Health Psychology
(3) O
Research, theory, and methods of health
psychology. Includes health behaviors,
risk detection and prevention, social
support and health, stress and stress
management, management of chronic
illness, and the patient-practitioner relationship.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.

PSY 365 – Forensic Psychology
(3) O
Techniques of criminal investigation,
criminal profiling, eyewitness identification,
police interrogation, jury selection,
trial preparation, and assessing competency
to stand trial. Prerequisite:
Psychology 101.

PSY 366 – Individuals with Disabilities
(3) S
Emotional, physical, and mental deviations
and their relationship to psychological
and social functioning across the
lifespan. Requires 20 hours of volunteer
work with a population which meets the
criteria for disabilities. Prerequisite:
Psychology 321 or permission of

PSY 372 – The Counseling and Interviewing Process
(3) F,S
Developing interpersonal skills and
competencies for working with individuals.
Particular emphasis placed on working
with reluctant, difficult, and hostile
clients. Participants assess personal attitudes
and beliefs in relation to enhancing
their interpersonal style. Students
may not also take Psychology 374 for
credit. Prerequisite: Psychology 101.

PSY 373 – Play as Curriculum
(3) F
Developmental interaction approach to
curriculum planning. The teacher’s role
in helping children move toward developmental
goals. Equipment selection, environmental design,
and daily schedules. Application to children
experiencing health care encounters, chronic
illnesses, and disabilities. Requires 20 hours
of fieldwork. Prerequisite: Psychology 321.

PSY 374 – The Helping Relationship
(3) S
Developing counseling and human relations
skills for working with children
and adolescents, families, and professionals.
Practice with basic listening
skills and reflective self analysis. 
Students may not also take Psychology
372 for credit. Permission of instructor

PSY 375 –Death, Dying, and Bereavement
(3) F,S
Investigation of psychosocial aspects of
death and grief; understanding ways
death is viewed in contemporary society;
dealing supportively with dying and
grieving persons; understanding one’s
own feelings about death; explaining
death to children; funerals and other
death-related customs.

PSY 377 – Children Under Stress
(3) F,S
Effects of various social conditions such
as divorce, separation, hospitalization,
and death upon children will be
addressed. Students will have an opportunity
to develop an understanding of
children in crisis situations and explore
ways to provide appropriate support.
Prerequisite: Psychology 223, 321, 322,
or equivalent.

PSY 406 – History of Psychology
(3) S
Historical review of inquiry and thought
concerning the causes of human behavior,
from ancient to recent times. Major
emphasis is placed on developments
leading to modern scientific psychology.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101. Open only
to senior psychology majors or with permission
of instructor.

PSY 410 – Independent Research in Psychology
(1–6) F,S,U
Individually supervised laboratory
research and study. Provides opportunities
for those who want to engage in
original research or to pursue scholarly
investigations beyond the boundaries of
established courses. Junior or senior
standing and written approval of

PSY 411 – Senior Seminar
(3) Y
Selected topics of current interest.
Critical analysis of current research literature
and integration of diverse psychology
subfields in understanding complex
behavior. Integrates previous learning in
small group settings. Prerequisite:
Psychology 312 or permission of instructor.

PSY 412 – Research Seminar
(3) F,S
Critical analysis of current research and
integration of psychology subfields in
understanding complex behavior.
Students conduct original research based
on proposal generated in Psychology
312. Prerequisites: Psychology 211, 312.

PSY 413 – Program Evaluation
(3) IR
Methods and principles of program evaluation
in a public setting including
quantitative and qualitative methodology,
process and outcome studies, design
of evaluation, and appropriate use of
resulting data. Prerequisites:
Psychology/Sociology 211 and
Psychology 312 or permission of instructor.

PSY 453 – Theories of Learning
(3) IR
Examination of the most important psychological
theories concerning the learning
process including the behavioristic
positions (Thorndike, Guthrie, Skinner,
Hull), the Gestalt positions (Lewin,
Tolman), and recent developments.
Prerequisite: Psychology 101.

PSY 462 – Theories of Personality
(3) IR
Systematic study of the concept of personality.
Theories, empirical research,
and methodological problems in the area
will be covered. Prerequisite: Psychology
101 or permission of instructor.

PSY 470 – Practicum in Psychology
(3 or 6) S
Participation in a discipline- or subjectrelated
experience. Evaluation by written
or oral reports or examination. Written
permission of instructor and approval of
the division associate dean required.
Limited to juniors and seniors in good
academic standing.

PSY 471 – Introduction to Child Life Internship
(0) F,S
Mandatory meetings designed to help
students prepare for final internship,
choose sites, outline goals, and learn
skills related to résumé writing and
interviews. Must be taken the second
semester of the junior year. Child life
majors only. Prerequisite: permission of

PSY 472 – Introduction to Child Life
Internship (0) F,S
Mandatory meetings designed to help
students prepare for final internship.
Includes child abuse training, universal
precautions, writing internship goals and
agreement, discussion of supervision
and certification requirements. Must be
taken the first semester of the senior
year. Child life majors only. Prerequisite:
Psychology 471 and permission of

PSY 474 – Psychosocial Care of Hospitalized
Children and Adolescents

(3) F
Young people’s reactions to hospitalization
at each stage of development; interventions
initiated by child life specialists
and other health care professionals to
lessen the stress of hospitalization; role
of parents; preparing young patients for
hospital admission and medical
procedures; planning and conducting
therapeutic play and recreation programs.
May not be used as a major elective
for the general psychology degree.
Prerequisite: Psychology 271, senior psychology-
child life majors, child life specialists only.

PSY 475 – Child Life Internship
(12) F,S
Supervised experience in a hospital or
other health care facility (child life specialists)
or a community agency dealing
with children and/or adolescents (child
development) affiliated with the program.
Written work, project, and periodic
evaluations; 12 credits for a minimum
of 525 hours. Permission of child
life faculty required. May not be used as
a major elective for the general psychology

PSY 489, 499 – Honors Tutorial
(3, 3) F,S
Open to students in the Utica College
Honors Program. Work with a faculty
supervisor on a challenging academic or
creative project.

PSY 490 – Independent Study
(1–6) F,S,U
Exploration of psychological problems
in-depth. Individual independent study
on plan submitted by student. Refer to
College regulations concerning independent
study for guidelines.

Note: The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the credit hours per term. Courses that extend through two terms are shown as follows: (3, 3). Courses that are one term only are shown by: (3). Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example: (1-6).

Letters appearing after course credit hours in this section are explained as follows:
U=Summer Session
Y=at least once each academic year Check schedule for Winter Session
O=every other year

The College reserves the right to cancel any course if registration does not justify continuance and to make changes in curricula at any time.